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The Countdown is On: Only 150 Days Until SMA Teen Summer Camp 2017!

Posted by Jud Millar

Tue, Jan 24, 2017


Only One Hundred and Fifty Days Until the Grand Opening of Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp Two Thousand and Seventeen.

 

Stone Mountain Adventures is a co-ed overnight summer camp for teenagers located in central Pennsylvania.  We serve young teens ages 12 to 16 and were founded in 1983 by Pam and Biff Houldin.  We offer fantastic summer camp activities includingNew Call-to-action:


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Topics: Teen summer camp

The Value of Outdoor Education at SMA Two Week Teen Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Dec 28, 2015

Here are a few things that I know for sure in no particular order:

  • Life is busy.
  • The Natural World is Beautiful

Because life is so busy it is often hard to find time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us.  It’s easy to take for granted that it will always be there. 

As a child I remember how my parents felt about exploring nature and new places.  Growing up in the mountains and valleys of central Pennsylvania I gained an appreciation and love of nature and also be spending time in the great outdoors hiking and camping.  During these experiences I also learned a lot about myself and what was important to me.  I also made deep connections with others who shared my passion for outdoor pursuits. 

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Topics: Teen summer camp, Stone Mountain Adventures, outdoor education

Read "Confessions of a Camp Counselor" by former SMA Teen Camp Staff

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Former Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Camp Counselor Gabe Millar has written an article titled "Conessions of a Camp Counselor"  Gabe Millar was a Camp Counselor at SMA in 2006 and 2007 and is currently gatting his MBA from the Uni

CLICK HERE TO READ "Confessions Of A Camp Counselor"versity of Montana in Missoula, MT.

Here is part of the blog post:

"As parents, you entrust counselors with your children, well, I guess you mostly entrust the directors or owners of the summer camp, but in reality, counselors are the ones who are with your children most of the time. According to the American Camp Association there are over 12,000 summer camps in the United States, and they employ over 1.5 million people each year, most of whom are counselors. Are these people trustworthy?

Popular culture would have you believe that camp counselors spend the vast majority of their time focused on partying with other counselors (think Meatballs part 1 through 4) and put very little energy into the job of protecting, nurturing, and teaching your kids. Well, I cannot speak for all of us, but this is the perspective of one former summer camp counselor.

Summer camp counselors are notoriously underpaid and overworked, at least that is what we will tell you if you ask, and there is some truth to it. It is true in the same way that parenting is often referred to as the hardest job in the world. I know this because it has been nearly twenty years since I last taught water-skiing, mountain biking, or canoeing as a camp counselor and I am now a parent.

Does the movie Meatballs accurately portray life as a summer camp counselor?"

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Topics: Teen summer camp, camp counselor

Gabe Jaffe's College Essay: "The Dance" at SMA Teen Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Gabe Jaffe was a camper st SMA Teen Summer camp for the summers of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  Gabe grew and matured during his time at SMA and when he aged out of SMA we were sad to see him go.  Gabe's older brother Dan Jaffe was also a camper at SMA in 2003, 2004 and 2005.  Gabe recently wrote the following essay as a part of his application for the university of Maryland.  In this essay Gabe had to answer the question:

Describe a time when you were a fearless leader.

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp (SMA), my close-knit overnight camp in rural Pennsylvania, had given me unparalleled experiences, life-long friends, and the best four summers of my life.  Sadly, because I was 15, this would be my last year at camp; the culmination of the session would be the dance and as a veteran camper, I would help organize it.

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Topics: Teen summer camp, College Essay, Gabe Jaffe

SMA Session 2 Memory Book: 2 Week Teen Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Sep 22, 2014

 

Jacob

I met so many new people and even tried some new things at camp. Bowling was a lot of fun, and rafting was the best yet. Even though I came into this session already close friends with Alex, we both made friends with all of the new and returning people in 2nd session. This will probably be my last time at SMA and I’ve had a great time this summer. I’m really going to miss summers at Stone Mountain, but all the time I have been here was awesome.  

Mathilde V.

This was my 3rd year at SMA Teen Summer Camp, and I just realized how much I love Alex Leonard. We have spent every single day together and my realization made me realize something else (basically like Inception). It’s of being woken up by the Birdy song (which I have a love-hate relationship with) and eating grilled cheese at lunch and straight chillin’ at windsurf/sail and Walmart and the Yough and paper plates, and I just realized how much I love just about everything here. I thought I knew everything about this place but every year I come, I find out little things that make my love for you guys and everything here grow. I can’t wait until the next 2 sessions and next year and every single session I come back until I am a super camper (hopefully) because SMA is my summer home and it always will be.

 

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Topics: Teen summer camp, Reflection packets, summer camp for teenagers, 2 week teen summer camp

Another S'MAzing Summer at SMA: A 2 Week Teen Summer Camp!

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

A truly S’MAzing summer at Stone Mountain Adventures has come to a close. We ended the summer as we began it with an incredible final two week session!

The summer of 2014 at Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp really was one for the ages. We had campers from 16 states and five foreign countries including Spain, the UK, France, Switzerland and Dubai.  Our staff was equally diverse with a total of 15 full time camp counselors from nine states as well as “funny-talkers” from England, Northern Ireland, and Australia.  Of those counselors, five were former SMA Campers. 

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, 2 Week Summer Camp, A Message from Director Jud

SMA Teen Summer Camp Featured in Camp Navigator Publication

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp has been featured in a recent publication by Camp Navigator.

Camp Navigator helps parents find quality summer camps and summer programs for thier children. Our updated 2013 Directory of Summer Camps can help you in your search for the best day camps, overnight camps and teen tour/travel camps for kids and teens this upcoming summer.

While sending children to Summer Camps has meritorious results, choosing a right Summer Camp is what actually matters. Landing in a wrong place wherein tutors or coaches take children for a ride will be a more adverse situation. Then what to do? Nothing to worry my friends, search for a right summer camp. Here at Camp Navigator, you can find 10,000+ best summer camps to choose from, that matches all your childs interests. You Can also use Summer Camp Advisory Service to request this information by email or phone. I am happy today that I have found something like Camp Navigator. Hope you will make use of it to transform your child into most successful person.

 

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, Summer Camp PA, Camp Navigator,

Did Superman meet Lois Lane for the first time at a teen summer camp?

Posted by Jud Millar

Wed, Mar 5, 2014

SMA Teen Summer Camp Fun Fact of the Day: YES, Superman did meet Lois Lane for the first time at a teen summer camp!

(Article originally published on the Summer Camp Culture Blog)

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen Camp, Teen summer camp, Superman, Comics

SMA Teen Summer Camp Featured in Centre Daily Times "Sunday Life"

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Feb 24, 2014

A Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp photo was recently featured in the "Sunday Life" section of the Centre Daily Times on Sunday 2/23/14.

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Topics: Teen Camp, Teen summer camp, Centre Daily Times

SMA 2 Week Teen Summer Camp to Attend Arlington, VA Camp Fair

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Feb 21, 2014

Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) 2 Week Teen Summer Camp will have a booth at a camp fair in Arlington, VA Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, from 6-8 p.m at the Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street S.

 
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Topics: Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, 2 Week Summer Camp, camp, camp fair, Arlington Camp Fair

SMA Teen Rock Band Summer Camp to Attend Central PA Camp Fair

Posted by Jud Millar

Sat, Feb 1, 2014

SMA Rock Band Summer Teen Summer Camp to attend the 2014 State College Area Youth Camp Fair!

WHAT: 2014 Summer Youth Fair, scheduled for 

WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

WHERE: Mount Nittany Middle School.  

Seriously, the winter has been so bitterly cold that it’s hard to even begin to think about summer.

But for parents, it’s time to think about what activities your children will be doing when summer finally gets here. And there may be no better place and day than Mount Nittany Middle School on Saturday.

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, music jam, Rock Band Teen Summer Camp

Popular teen summer camp performer Pete Seeger dies at 94

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Popular summer camp performer Pete Seeger dies at 94

(Article originally published on the Summer Camp Culture Blog)

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, Pete Seeger

SMA Teen Horseback Riding Summer Camp: Chester Co. PA Camp Fair!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jan 27, 2014

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Horseback Riding Summer Camp will attend the Chester County Summer Adventures Camp and Activities Fair.  Here are the details: 

Jump start your summer planning with a night of food and fun! Explore camps, activities, and local vendors with your child and decide on a great summer! Admission is free!! 

2014 Fair details

When: 
      January 27, 2014
          
      5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where:
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Topics: Teen Horseback Riding Summer Camp, riding summer camp, Teen summer camp, Riding Camp, camp fair, Chester County, PA Camp Fair

SMA 2 Week Summer Camp to Attend Philly Fair on Sat 1/18

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Jan 17, 2014

Stone Mountain Adventures, a 2 Week Teen Summer Camp located in central PA will be attending a camp fair in the Philadelphia area on Saturday, 1/18 from Noon to 3pm.  Here are the details:

 

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Topics: Teen summer camp, 2 Week Summer Camp, camp fair, ACA Bucks County Camp Fair

Come see SMA Teen Summer Camp at a Camp Fair!

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Jan 13, 2014

Winter is upon us and as the northeast is blanketed in snow many families start to think about summer plans including summer camps for kids. A great resource to help families sort through all the available options are to visit a camp fair.  A camp fair is similar to a job or college fair but is for summer camps and travel programs.  Representatives from 50 to 100 camps and travel programs gather at a school, mall or hotel and families stop by and learn about the programs.

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, camp fair

What I learned in 4 summers at SMA Teen Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Sara Finn (aka Sara Feldstein-Nixon) attended SMA Teen Summer Camp from 2008 to 2011 and wrote this as she was applying to transfer from Brookline High School in her sophmore year...

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Topics: Teen Camp, Teen summer camp, 2 Week Summer Camp, what I learned at SMA

Dirtfest named Outside's Best Bike Fest - Teen Mountain Biking Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Nov 8, 2013

Outside Magazine has name Dirt Rag's Dirt Fest as one of the nations top Mountain Biking Festivals in the USA!

Dirtfest is a fantastic event that is weekend long mountain bike festival promoting a hearty spirit for adventure, festivity and camaraderie. DirtFest features clinics on sustainable trail building, entry level mountain biking, sustainable trail maintenance; and includes organized events such as a womens skills series, kids mountain bike rides, unicycle course and an epic all day group ride that departs on a houseboat shuttle. Hosted by the Raystown Mountain Bike Association (RMBA).

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Topics: Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, Mountain Biking, mountain biking summer camp, SMA Teen Camp, Outside Magazine, Dirtfest

2013 SMA Teen Camp Slide Shows are live on our web site!

Posted by Jud Millar

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

It has finally happened... the 2013 SMA Teen Summer Camp Video Slide Show is live on our web site!

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Topics: Teen summer camp, slideshows 2013, Tween Summer Camp

2014 SMA Teen Summer Camp Dates and Prices are Announced!

Posted by Jud Millar

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Stone Mountain Adventures Teen Summer Camp is excited to announce our 2014 dates and prices!

  • SMA now offers four 2 week sessions
  • Campers are encouraged to combine sessions and stay longer

2 Week Sessions

 Begins

Ends

Duration

Session 1    (SMA1)     

 Sunday 6/22   

Saturday 7/5

2 Weeks

Session 2    (SMA2)

 Sunday 7/6

Saturday 7/19   

2 Weeks

Session 3    (SMA3)

 Monday 7/21

Sunday 8/3

2 Weeks

Session 4    (SMA3)

 Tuesday 8/5

Monday 8/18

2 Weeks

4 Week Sessions

 Begins

Ends

Duration

Session 1 & 2    

 Sunday 6/22   

Saturday 7/19   

4 Weeks

Session 2 & 3

 Sunday 7/6

Sunday 8/3   

4 Weeks

Session 3 & 4

 Monday 7/21

Monday 8/18

4 Weeks

     

6 Week Sessions

 Begins

Ends

Duration

Session 1 & 2 & 3     

 Sunday 6/22   

Sunday 8/3

6 Weeks

Session 2 & 3 & 4

 Sunday 7/6

Monday 8/18    

6 Weeks

8 Week Sessions

Begins

Ends

Duration

Session 1 & 2 & 3 & 4

Sunday 6/22

Monday 8/18

8 Weeks

Tuition

$2250 for One Sessions (2 Weeks)

$4980 for Two Sessions (4 Weeks)

$7350 for Three Sessions (6 Weeks)

$8880 for Four Sessions (8 Weeks)

Ready to sign up? Here is our 2014 Camper Application.

Tuition is all inclusive, and covers laundry, entrance fees to all out-of-camp trips, and white water rafting. "Masters Programs" are described below and require an extra fee.

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Topics: Teen summer camp, 2 Week Summer Camp, Summer Camp PA, Dates and Prices, 2014 Summer Camp

SMA 3rd Session Updated - Teen Summer Camp

Posted by Jud Millar

Mon, Aug 5, 2013

It is hard to believe that 3rd Session at SMA Teen Summer Camp and August have already arrived and we are nearly half way through session three. This summer has gone by so unbelievably fast and before we know it all the campers will be on the road home. The weather this summer has been quite the roller coaster, ranging from scorching hot during session two to raining almost every day of session one. For 3rd Session it has finally leveled out with warm days and cool nights!

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Topics: Summer camp, Teen summer camp, teenage summer camp, Summer Camp PA

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